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  • Actors: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz, John Aquino
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Producers: George Litto
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 29 April 2002
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063BMH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,899 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sound effects technician Jack Terri (John Travolta) is out recording atmospheric noise for a horror film when he accidentally captures a car accident on tape. Back at his workshop, Jack listens closely to the tape and discovers evidence of a political conspiracy. He now knows that he must reveal the truth, but the killers are on his trail, and he's going to have to use every trick he knows just to stay alive. Directed by Brian de Palma, 'Blow Out' freely mixes elements from Antonioni's 'Blow Up' and Coppola's 'The Conversation', along with incidental details based on the Senator Edward Kennedy Chappaquiddick incident.

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Jack Terri (Travolta) is a talented audio technician who makes his living by recording unique sounds for horror movies. But when he accidentally tapes an automobile crash that kills a presidential candidate and injures his young mistress, Sally (Nancy Allen), Jack is hurled into a mystery far more terrifying than any of this films! Soon he and Sally must fight to stay alive as they uncover an explosive political conspiracy that will send shockwaves to the highest levels of the government.

Soundtrack: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Neil.J.Mckenzie on 12 Nov. 2003
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Blow out is a classic example of the cinema of Brian De Palma and features a career best perfomance from John Travolta

The film follows John Travolta film sound recordist who records a car crash that kills a presdential candidate. He becomes convinced that the car crash was no accident and starts to investigate it with help of a woman who was in the car at the time of the crash.
De Palma cleverly uses different techniques like split screens and deep focus photography to make us emphasis with Travolta's character as he despartely tries to convince people that an assaination has taken place.
The film features many classic sequences in which De Palma uses every technique in the book to create tension and suspense for the audience. Your are left on the edge of your seat to the final tragic ending.
While the DVD is thankfully in 2:35:1 widescreen format rather than the awful pan and scan version that has previously been available on video. The transfer is not as good as it might have been which is a pity as it lessens the impact of some of the shots. There are also no extras apart from a trailer on this DVD, which is a pity as it would have been interesting to hear De Palma discuss this classic film.
The DVD is still worth owning if you are a De Palma fan its just a shame that MGM could have not taken a bit more care with its presentation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jan. 2015
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Brian De Palma has always gotten a bad rap for his penchant for essaying his heroes and favourite thrillers, what often gets forgotten is just how great he could be in crafting said thrillers.

Blow Out has John Travolta as a sound engineer for low budget horror movies, who while out recording sounds one night witnesses a car crash and dives into the river to rescue the call girl trapped in the back seat (Nancy Allen). Upon listening back to the footage of the crash, he hears two noises which point to a gun shot being fired at the car. So with the dead man in the car turning out to be a big political mover, he quickly finds himself spun into a web of intrigue, peril, paranoia and conspiracies. Can he and the girl stay alive long enough to solve the case?

Blow Out finds De Palma at the top of his game, blending the twisty plot dynamics with virtuoso technical smarts. A number of scenes are striking, both visually and in execution and the garnering of acting performances. Pino Donaggio provides an unforgettable music score to marry up to the layers of sub-plots folding together, and cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond sharpens the primary colours to give the story a Giallo like sheen that runs concurrent with the emotional states of the major players.

A sprawling and bustling Philadelphia plays host to a conspiracy sandwich, with a corking side order of the film making process. Sometimes bleak and complex, but never over stuffed, Blow Out is both thrilling and smart, while Travolta has never been better and John Lithgow is tailor made as the unstoppable crack-pot unleashed into our two protagonists' world. 8.5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Myers on 31 Mar. 2013
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I loved this film when it first came out. It's a reinvention of the Antonioni film 'Blow Up'. In the original a photographer takes a shot of something he shouldn't have. In this version, John Travolta is a sound engineer for a small-time film company whose microphones 'hear' a sound at the scene of an 'accident'. John Travolta is pretty good in the role and it's an mystery. Nancy Allen doesn't really do it for me, but then she was married to the director (and excelled in some other films). John Lithgow and Dennis Franz are as dependable as ever.
The story is clever and the connection between the beginning and surprise ending very well executed.
A creepy little film, typical Brian de Palma, and it doesn't follow the normal pattern. It is dated, though, which is why I've only given it a 3 star.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By j.r on 1 Jan. 2012
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Blow Out is one of Brian De Palmas best movies. The film has a similar style with some of his other top films such as Body Double and Raising Cain. The film also stars De Palma regular Nancy Allen, reteaming her with Carrie co-star John Travolta. Both actors are great but it's John Lithgow playing the crazed killer that steals the show. Lithgow plays an Assasin who really seems to enjoy his work. The movie also reminded me of two other classics, Blow Up and The Conversation.
I found the DVD quality to be excellent. This is an amazing film, although despite being similar, not quite as much fun as De Palmas Body Double.
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By Hagrid's Umbrella VINE VOICE on 1 Oct. 2012
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John Travolta plays a low end (horror) film sound engineer and is out late one night recording effects when he witnesses a car crashing into the river and rushes into help. On the face of it it seems a straight accident however Travolta's recollection of the sounds and subsequent study of the recording makes him suspicious and he sets off to try and find the truth. Being asked a favour on behalf of the man in the car also raises our suspicions.

It's a film that has the confidence to not be rushed and lets you sink into his position and wonder what on earth he's going to do next. Its a bit nerdy with all the sound/films clips but weaves a good web that has plenty going on and only a couple of minor weak points in the plot.

Wasn't really expecting much from this having found an old recording of it but I found this 1981 film engrossing. I guess it's easiest to compare this to, apparently, the sound engineers favorite The Conversation and whilst I liked that too I felt this had a more engaging story and was less dry, if still hard hitting. There are a few sound things going on in this as with The Conversation but not having a clue about sound I've no idea how they two films compare on that level.

Finally I have to say I've never really assessed Travolta's performances before but in this he is excellent.
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